Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
March 1, 2019 e-newsletter

At its most recent meeting, the ALCM board discussed ways that ALCM can better support all church musicians. One of those ways was launched at a face-to-face meeting in Chicago several weeks ago. The board appointed a group of ALCM members to a new task force and charged them with updating and creating new resources and guidelines for the hiring and employment of church musicians. These resources will be available to all on the ALCM website as they are developed and are envisioned to be a "living" array of resources that are updated and refreshed on a regular basis. My deepest thanks to the ALCM members who are helping on this project.
The Lenten journey will soon begin as we bid farewell to our Alleluias on our way to Ash Wednesday. May Christ be with us as we journey, providing courage during difficult times and peace in all we do as we live out our vocation of leading the song of the church.
Blessings on your journey this Lent,
Ryan K. Hostler
ALCM Region 2 President

ALCM 2019 Biennial Conference

The "early-bird" registration fee of $355 for members ($400 for non-members) goes up after March 15. Register now to pay the lower fees.

Planning to stay in the dorm? There is still space available. Rooms are not air conditioned, but all rooms have direct access to bathrooms. Each room has its own sink; the majority of rooms share the toilet and shower with the adjoining room. Each room has a small refrigerator and microwave.  

Special reduced registration fees are available for students and for those "second persons" (or third, or fourth, etc.) registering from the same household or church.  Click/tap here for additional information about the conference and a complete list of registration fees.

Scholarships are available for current college and seminary students covering registration, dormitory housing, transportation, and meals as well as a one-year student membership in ALCM. Apply now - scholarship applications will be accepted through March 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified before the end of March.

There are only 5 spaces open for the Finale training on Monday (8:30-3:30). Don't delay!

Portland Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Would you like to contribute to ALCM and support our June biennial conference in Portland? Gifts are welcome to support the conference, either undesignated or to "sponsor" particular people, workshops, etc. More information is available on the ALCM website.
More Sunday/Monday Portland Opportunities

If you are arriving in Portland on Sunday, plan to attend a Bruce Neswick hymn festival open to the community at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday evening, June 23. Also, in addition to the vendor fair, on Monday morning the Church Music Institute is presenting a workshop at Concordia entitled, "Planning Through the Church Year: Thinking Liturgically and Musically." The hymn festival is free and open to the public. The Monday morning workshop requires separate registration. 

May 16, 2019

2:00 pm Eastern time

Basic Principles of
Worship & Music
in the Lutheran Tradition

Presented by Carl Schalk

ALCM members: $25
Non-members: $39

ALCM Members: Be sure to log in to the members area of the ALCM website and follow the link on the members area page to get the discounted member rate.

Can't make the live webinar? All ALCM webinars are archived and available for purchase in the Marketplace on the ALCM website. If you sign up ahead of the webinar, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar as soon as it is available, usually an hour or two after the webinar. If you prefer, purchase the webinar when it becomes available in the Marketplace, usually within 24 hours.

Hymn Contest

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has announced a hymn contest for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday. Our dedicated day of service is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the ELCA: one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. This new hymn will become a year-round worship resource and should reflect on service as an opportunity to explore one of our most basic convictions: All of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life is in response to our gratitude for God's abundant grace. Entries will be screened by a selection team and one hymn may be selected. The winning entrant will receive a $500 honorarium. Submissions should be emailed or postmarked on or before March 1, 2019. Learn more details and contest rules.

2020 ALCM Germany Tour
Wait List Now Open

All spaces in the 2020 ALCM Germany tour announced by email on 10/10/18 have been filled, but if you are still interested, add your name to the wait list. There is no initial commitment, but if a space opens up, we will contact you. 

The tour is hosted by David Cherwien, Michael Krentz, and Jim Rindelaub. Highlights include the Passion Play in Oberammergau (held every ten years), Luther's Wittenberg, Bach's Leipzig, Mozart's Salzburg, Sch├╝tz's Dresden, as well as Berlin, Halle, and more. The dates are July 3-17, 2020. The cost per person, double occupancy, is $3,315. The single room supplement fee is $600. 

The official webpage is . You can also view a  brochure with all trip details

Become a Lifetime Member of ALCM
Before Prices Go Up!

Did you know that ALCM offers lifetime memberships for those under 65 (currently $1,500) and for those 65 and over (currently $750)? Pay the one-time fee and you are set for life--no more annual renewals. The prices are going up July 1 to $2,000 for a regular lifetime membership and $1,000 for lifetime membership for those 65 and older. If you're interested, now is the perfect time to do it.

Lutheran Summer Music


Enrollment is in full swing for Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) 2019! High school musicians from all over the country are applying and making plans to attend LSM this summer. LSM 2019 will take place June 23-July 21 at Valparaiso University. A half session is available June 23-July 7.
This is the ideal way for young Lutheran musicians to spend their summer, and these young people will come back as better musicians, confident leaders, and having taken ownership of their faith. Most students find out about LSM through friends, family, and caring adults at their church. Nominate a student for LSM and set them on a path toward musical excellence and confident leadership within their congregation.
Learn more and apply at:

March 10, 2019 is "A Capella Sunday"

The Center for Congregational Song has designated the First Sunday of Lent each year as A Capella Sunday, a day in which worshiping communities commit to singing one or more hymns without accompaniment. Some of you may already do this regularly; for others, it will present a challenge. Visit the resource page to learn more about A Capella Sunday. You can also let them know you're participating by signing up (optional).

Tables of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us  
Valparaiso, Ind., April 29-May 1, 2019

"For the Sacrament of Holy Communion has no blessing and significance unless love grows daily and so changes a person that they are made one with all others."
Martin Luther, 1519

Announcing the 71st Institute of Liturgical Studies to be held on the campus of Valparaiso University April 29-May 1, 2019. We will gather under the theme, "Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us." Plenary presenters will be Charles Aurand, Paul Bradshaw, M. Shawn Copeland and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda plus many workshops and worship. For more information about the institute and to register, visit